Exploring the Charming Ohio Community of Chagrin Falls

The epoynmous falls of Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
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Chagrin Falls, a picturesque village of around 4,000 residents, sits at the edge of Cuyahoga County, about 40 minutes from downtown Cleveland. The town, named for the scenic falls in the center of town, is known for its historic architecture, varied restaurants, interesting antique shopping and art galleries, and its vibrant arts community.


The Village of Chagrin Falls was discovered in the mid-19th century by the early settlers of Connecticut's Western Reserve. These early residents were a largely religious group and several of the village's churches, including the Methodist Church on Franklin Street, date back to this era. The town grew quickly around the falls, along which flour, woolen, and paper mills developed as well as a foundry. The village was incorporated in 1844.

Business owners and tradesmen built elaborate brick homes in a variety of styles. Many of these mid-19th-century homes have been restored to their original glory and several are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


The 2.1 square miles that make up the Village of Chagrin Falls is home to approximately 4,000 residents. The majority are of German, English, and Irish descent and most have at least a high school education. The average income is $62,000 and the average housing price is $235,000.

Shopping in Chagrin Falls

Chagrin Falls is known for its interesting shopping, most of which is located along Main and Franklin Streets. Shops include numerous antique stores and art galleries, a Mario's spa, the Fireside Bookshop, Cuff's menswear, Chico's, the Village Herb Shop, Chagrin Fine Jewelry, Geiger's Ski Sport Haus, and Mountain Road Cycle.


Chagrin Falls is home to a number of fun and tasty eateries. Among them are:

  • Gamekeeper's - The Village's meeting place and home to one of the best patios in greater Cleveland
  • Dink's - A friendly village diner on Main Street.
  • Rick's Cafe - Live music, tasty food, and wines by the glass make this a neighborhood favorite.
  • Joey's - A casual Italian eatery on Main Street
  • Hunan by the Falls - Elegant Chinese fare
  • Yours Truly - A friendly, family restaurant, sister to the Yours Truly on Shaker Square

The Arts in Chagrin Falls

In addition to the numerous art galleries in town, Chagrin Falls is home to the Chagrin Valley Little Theater, a popular community theater; the Valley Art Center, a community non-profit facility that provides exhibit space and classes in a variety of art media; and the Chagrin Falls Historical Society.

Notable Residents

Chagrin Falls has been home to comedian Tim Conway; artist Bill Waterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes; rock musician Scott Weiland; and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas.


The Village of Chagrin Falls hosts a regular calendar of events. Among the most popular are the June "Art by the Falls" art show, the Memorial Day Parade, the holiday tree lighting, and the House and Garden Tour.

Chagrin Falls is home to Riverside Park and the Chagrin Falls Triangle Park in the downtown shopping district. Just outside of town is the South Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks System.

Staying in Chagrin Falls
The Inn of Chagrin Falls is a charming circa 1927 inn, located adjacent to Gamekeeper's Restaurant and within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, and the falls.

The 15-room inn is decorated with period furniture and some units feature a fireplace and/or a Jacuzzi tub. About 15 minutes from Chagrin Falls, in Solon, are several corporate hotels, including the Hampton Inn and the Homewood Suites.